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Sound Play: Video Games and the Musical Imagination

William Cheng


Video games open portals into fantastical worlds where imaginative play prevails. The virtual medium provides us with ample opportunities to behave and act out with relative freedom and impunity. Or does it? Sound Play explores the aesthetic, ethical, and sociopolitical stakes of our engagements with gaming’s audio phenomena—from sonic violence to synthesized operas, from democratic musical performances to verbal sexual harassment. Cheng shows how the simulated environments of games empower designers, composers, players, and scholars to test and tinker with music, noise, speech, and silence in ... More

Keywords: Video games, Play, Virtual, Performance, Aesthetics, Ethics, Music, Sound, Imagination

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199969968
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199969968.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Cheng, author
Harvard University